Any fear of suffering from the bye week blues were put to rest by the Tampa Bay Rowdies this past weekend, as they continued their red-hot form in the NASL semifinals this past weekend.
The Rowdies moved one step closer to reaching the NASL Championship Series and extended their current unbeaten streak to seven games by going into WakeMed Soccer Park and defeating the Carolina RailHawks, 2-1, in the first leg of their semifinals clash on Saturday. Carolina negated Mike Ambersley's opener through a Brian Shriver penalty kick, but Tampa Bay reclaimed a permanent lead when Daniel Antoniuk scored with five minutes left in regulation in a match played in front of a crowd of 3,138.
The regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions did not come out of their first-round bye with a win, but they did earn a favorable result in their first leg against Minnesota Stars FC. The Scorpions played to a scoreless draw with the Stars in a game played in front of 2,006 fans at NSC Stadium on Saturday, setting up a second leg in San Antonio in which the Scorpions will have the upperhand.
The second legs of both semifinals series will be played this coming weekend. The Rowdies host the RailHawks at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday while the Stars visit the Scorpions at Heroes Stadium on Sunday.
What do you think of these results? Impressed with the Rowdies' win over the RailHawks? Surprised by the Scorpions' scoreless draw with the Stars? Who do you see reaching the NASL Championship Series?
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